Missing Markham, Ont., couple believed murdered, police issue Canada-wide warrant for suspect

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Investigators in York Region, just north of Toronto, say they believe Quoc Tran, 37, and Kristy Nguyen, 25, were 'victims of foul play in a targeted attack,' and that they were killed at a commercial building in Vaughan.   (York Regional Police handouts - image credit)
Investigators in York Region, just north of Toronto, say they believe Quoc Tran, 37, and Kristy Nguyen, 25, were 'victims of foul play in a targeted attack,' and that they were killed at a commercial building in Vaughan. (York Regional Police handouts - image credit)

A Markham, Ont., couple that went missing earlier this month is now believed to have been murdered, and police have issued a Canada-wide warrant for a 35-year-old suspect.

Investigators in York Region, just north of Toronto, say they believe Quoc Tran, 37, and Kristy Nguyen, 25, were "victims of foul play in a targeted attack," and that they were killed at a commercial building in Vaughan.

Police previously said the pair had last been seen around 4:50 p.m. on Sept. 18 in the area of Highway 7 East and Warden Avenue. In a news release Tuesday, they said the pair had in fact last been seen at the commercial building at 5:30 p.m.

Police are now searching for Phuong Tan Nguyen, warning the public he should be considered armed and dangerous, and that anyone who sees him should call 911 immediately.

York Regional Police
York Regional Police

Nguyen, who also goes by Mike, is wanted on two counts of first-degree murder. He's described as 5-9 and 180 pounds.

Investigators are "actively working" to recover the bodies of the couple, police said in a news release Tuesday.

Police have also released a photo of a "vehicle of interest" they believe is connected to the case. Anyone who may have seen the truck or its driver on Sept. 18 around 11:30 p.m. at 111 Zenway Boulevard in Vaughan is being asked to come forward.

York Region police Const. Maniva Armstrong told CBC News the family of the pair is "saddened and grieving at this time."

York Regional Police
York Regional Police
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